Saturday, 31 March 2012

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The Bodhisattva of Carraigmore


4.0 out of 5 stars A nice lunchtime read, I liked it., 30 Mar 2012

This review is from: The Bodhisattva of Carraigmore (Kindle Edition)

POSSIBLE SPOILER ALERT

I have to be completely honest and admit I do not usually read a lot of short stories. So it is worth remembering when reading this review that I do not have a lot to compare to this story. What I can say is I enjoyed this story.
This book was a lovely read. I read it from start to finish in one go because it piqued my interest. The story was easy going and fun in parts.
I liked the fact that even though it was such a short story there was room for three different characters, you learned about their backgrounds and they all came together at the end of the book. The reason I think I liked it so much was because it made me think afterwards about how one person had so much responsibility and one foolish mistake could have ruined an entire community. I liked the characters and would like to learn more about their future so hopefully this book is just an introduction the lovely village of Carraigmore and the author will write a book where we learn about the future of the village and the characters. I am particularly interested in finding out what happens in Eddie's future. I also liked Peggy O'Connor and would like to hear more about her as she added humour to the book and she was a character everyone would have met someone like her in their lifetime.

I enjoyed the stories that went back to the Grandfathers of the men and how they linked in to the present day story.

There was a nice twist at the end. A short story with lots packed in to it.

I would recommend this book if you would like a nice light read.

I have been pondering whether to rate this 3 or 4 stars, I decided to go with 4 stars because it is a good read not just an ok read.
So 4 stars from me and I hope I get the meet the people of Carraigmore again soon.

Becky Sherriff (The Kindle Book Review)


Other Amazon Reviews

Set in Ireland, an American seeks revenge for a perceived injustice to an ancestor who left the village under a cloud.

Well written with a magical twist. I loved this short story and would like to read more about the people of Carraigmore.

Genren.


I do not usually read short stories but the cover and title caught my attention. Glad I did download this as a freebie, I really enjoyed it.
For me, it is a reminder and illustration of how our actions can effect others. In this story, Eddie's need of security for a loan could have changed the lives of a whole community on the other side of the world.
Henry's long held grudge could have had the same effect.

Tara's involvement - decide for yourself
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Bluejay44.

Friday, 23 March 2012

Nocturne Number Eight, Opus Twenty Seven.

After returning from the Western Front James is slowly trying to re-build his shattered life.

The trauma of his experience is still very raw and his mental afflictions far worse than any physical injuries.

He meets Celia Hammond under tragic circumstances, and begins to think that life might take on some form of normality.

But how did Celia's brother die? What really happened the night he first heard the strains of Chopin, Nocturne Number Eight, Opus Twenty Seven?
Nocturne Number Eight, Opus Twenty Seven

Thursday, 22 March 2012

Render Unto Caesar


2nd Prize Winner in the Writers Village Award 2011

A short story 1500 words, a poignant observation of all those involved in carrying out the ultimate penalty.

Gerry a journalist sent on assignment to the deep south is world weary he's seen it all before but is forced to question his own beliefs and values.

Pastor Josef Hoff puts on his tie,the same tie he has worn on fifty six other occasions.

Twenty to thirty five seconds to strap a man down,they'd got it down to a fine art.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Render-Unto-Caesar-ebook/dp/B006TZ0H30
Render Unto Caesar
Amazon Review
A remarkable story, well worth reading, both powerful and poignant. It is cleverly patterned with some very deft craft work and a surprise denouement. Barron can write!

From the Author

Books and films about death row are usually centred around the character who faces execution. I wanted to look at the peripheral characters, the chaplain, the people who physically carry out the task and the people that report it.

On another level I wanted to reflect society's polarised opinion, to illustrate the grotesque carnival atmosphere somewhat akin to the public executions of the middle ages and contrast this with the beliefs of those opposed to capital punishment.

And finally the character who faces the ultimate punishment, I wanted to juxtapose his mortality with the indifference and banality of society, the culture of bubblegum pop.






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Wednesday, 21 March 2012

The Bodhisattva of Carraigmore

Three people are converging on the rural Irish village of Carraigmore, an ancient village steeped in the traditions of Celtic folklore and mysticism.

Eddie Doyle has reached that time of life, going nowhere in his job, mounting debts an indolent wife and for him time is running out.

Henry J. O’ Farrell a successful but ruthless American businessman is coming to Carraigmore to finally settle a long standing family injustice.

And then there is Tara.


The Bodhisattva of Carraigmore



Amazon Reviews

Set in Ireland, an American seeks revenge for a perceived injustice to an ancestor who left the village under a cloud.

Well written with a magical twist. I loved this short story and would like to read more about the people of Carraigmore.


I do not usually read short stories but the cover and title caught my attention. Glad I did download this as a freebie, I really enjoyed it.
For me, it is a reminder and illustration of how our actions can effect others. In this story, Eddie's need of security for a loan could have changed the lives of a whole community on the other side of the world.
Henry's long held grudge could have had the same effect.

Tara's involvement - decide for yourself
.




Sunday, 18 March 2012

Carraigmore St Patricks Day Float of the Parade

Well done to Micky Delaney and the Carraigmore Transgender Society who won float of the parade.

'How's it hanging there Micky ... or should that be Mary.'     LOLolly

And just a reminder the C.T.S. are holding their annual spring fete in two weeks time, all are welcome, we're looking forward to a great fun day out for all the family.

Ugly Scenes at Carraigmore St Patricks Day Parade


Unfortunately our worst fears were realised at the Carraigmore St Patrick's day Parade. Members of the Occupy Carraigmore protest group rioted in the financial district and the crack Carraigmore Special Patrol Squad had to be called in.

Chief Inspector Fitzy Mcgonagle said 'As much as we tried we were completely unprepared for this.
We've been to Iraq and Afghanistan and studied policing methods but you just can't legislate for this type of anarchy.'

It appears the biggest problem was a splinter group of the Occupy protests The Greencastle Red Hand Brigade.
Fitzy said. 'We drew on our experience of the riots in England and managed to kettle them in for a few hours until we could bring in the water cannon and tear gas. '
Danescastle subversive elements kettled in by the crack Bannow Special Patrol Squad
Unfortunately and worringly The Greencastle Red Hand Brigade are a new and completely subversive element.
'They're a feckin law unto themselves,' said Fitzy 'Sometimes they're on the streets until well past seven o' clock.'

Saturday, 17 March 2012

Oh! wow! My head is still spinning from last night's music. As usual the Grass Hops put on a fantastic set and were joined on stage by Evanead Muid.
We were privileged to hear their latest creation and first public performance a medley of songs.

The Old Folks in the Home

Hot on the heels of that came that perennial favourite.

It doesn't matter how badly we play they can't hear us anyway.

So today we're off to Carraig on Bannow for the parade let's hope the Occupy protestors in the financial district  respect the day.

And finally I'd  like to give a great big Bualadh bos to Galstanberry Girl for doing some excellent promotion work for my short story..

Here's a link to her web site and excellent book for all you young adults out there..


The Bodhisattva of Carraigmore


Friday, 16 March 2012

May your glass be ever full.
May the roof over your head be always strong.
And may you be in heaven half an hour before the devil knows you're dead.

The Bodhisattva of Carraigmore

The Bodhisattva of Carraigmore

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Thursday, 15 March 2012

Well at long last we're off and running.

Short Story - The Bodhisattva of Carraigmore, a lovely tale for St Patrick's day is finally released.

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Anyway here's one of Tommy Cooper's

"Apparently, 1 in 5 people in the world are Chinese. And there are 5 people in my family, so it must be one of them. It's either my mum or my dad. Or my older brother Colin. Or my younger brother Ho-Cha-Chu. But I think it's Colin."

Wednesday, 14 March 2012

St Patrick's Week End

Phew! You can't take your eye off things for a minute round here at Stoneyford Manor.

Well we've got a packed programme of events lined up for St Patrick's  week end. I'm just trying to organise the musical activities. We've got The Grass Hops a traditional set from Wexford including a trio of pianists, flute, concertina and guitar players.

And a special surprise flying in from the West Midlands specially for the week end the legendary showband impresario Big Louis has kindly accepted an invitation to sing.



Big Louis relaxing back stage after a gig.

And don't forget that book launch The Bodhisattva of Carraigmore coming to a store near you in the next 24 hours.


Tuesday, 13 March 2012



All the girls at Stoneyford Manor are getting very excited about the launch of our new  E book The Bodhisattva of Carraigmore. Everyone's worked so hard on this project to ensure publication in time for St Patrick's day. Well done.

We got not only our first but a fantastic review for Render Unto Caesar you can get this from
http://www.amazon.com/Render-Unto-Caesar-ebook/dp/B006TZ0H30/ref=ntt_at_ep_dpt_2


Render Unto Caesar
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http://www.amazon.co.uk/Render-Unto-Caesar-ebook/dp/B006TZ0H30/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1331646710&sr=1-1

Wednesday, 7 March 2012